“Wild observations: Canidae and felidae around the world” showcases a selection of books from Woodward Library’s collection. The books on display in Woodward Library’s Memorial Room answer questions like: how can you identify a tiger by its stripes, how have foxes adapted to urban life, and what’s a jaguarundi?

Running concurrently with cat and dog themed exhibits across multiple library branches, Woodward Library’s focus on wild members of the cat and dog families exhibits highlights of fossil history, genetics and conservation exploring what ties together species members worldwide. In addition to discussing the most urgent dangers to these animals, the items in “Wild observations” also show successful measures that have helped protect vulnerable species.

The Great Reads collection at Woodward will also get a cat-and-dog takeover on January 13th, with popular science and nonfiction books available to check out.

“Wild observations: Canidae and felidae around the world” will be on display in the Memorial Room at Woodward Library from January 6 to February 28, 2020. Additional cat and dog themed displays can be found at Rare Books and Special Collections, the David Lam Library, Koerner Library, and the Education Library.

-Chantal Lyons-Stevenson

Charles Woodward Memorial Room photo

Woodward Library invites UBC students, staff, faculty and the community to use their newly-reopened Charles Woodward Memorial Room for silent study.

The Memorial Room joins other spaces at UBC Library available for group and individual study. A full listing of these spaces offered is available online.





Tapestries with a rich history

The room’s two tapestries come from France and have a colourful history. The “Master of the Spirit” tapestry (pictured above) depicts a wealth of characters including Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Victor Hugo, and William Shakespeare. A unique aspect of this tapestry is that the weaver suffered a stroke before completing it. The honeycomb pattern in the right bottom corner demonstrates the neurological consequences of the stroke.

Acquired in 1967, the “Masters of Science” tapestry  (pictured below) was donated by the late Mr. P.A. Woodward. The Memorial Room is named in honour of his father Charles, founder of the former department store which bore his name.

The text in French at the bottom of the tapestry reads: “En proie aux tourments de l’Inconnu ils entretiennent au long des ages le feu de la Recherche.” Its English translation is: “Tormented by the unknown, they keep the sacred fires of research burning throughout the ages.

Visit the Memorial Room to enjoy this silent study space with a warm ambience. Woodward Library is located at 2198 Health Sciences Mall at the UBC Vancouver campus.


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